The Department of State Services has urged the media to consider the peculiarity of Nigeria in terms of ethnic and religious diversities in news reportage.
Dr. Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Nigeria’s Secret Police, SAYS IN A statement over the weekend.
Afunanya spoke at a one-day seminar on: “Media and National Security.”
The seminar was organised by the DSS in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists for members of the DSS press corps.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Afunanya presented a paper, titled: “Fake News and National Security.”
He said the spread of fake news cuts across all ages, professions and status in this era of the social media.
Afunanya urged journalists to shun fake news, adding that it is a deliberately-fabricated and disseminated information with the intention to mislead others into believing falsehood.The NUJ chairman therefore called for mutual understanding between the media and security agencies.